TPS BaMa Projects

We have a number of exciting opportunities for Masters and Bachelors Students. Our Read more about them by clicking the titles! Also, we can help you identify possibilities for internships abroad - in the past few years TPS students have worked at Cambridge University, UK, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, the University of Arizona, Tucson, US, the University of Maryland in College Park, US, Linköping University, Sweden, San Diego State University, the University of Bristol, the TU Berlin and the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

Virus capsomer protein structures
(vd Schoot, in collaboration with Utrecht University)

Charge separation in organic solar cells
(Lyulin, Bobbert)

Ultra-high magnetic field effects in organic materials
(Bobbert, collaboration with Twente University)

Percolative charge transport in organic semiconductors
(Bobbert, collaboration with Philips Research)

Ferromagnetism in semiconducting polymers?
(Bobbert, in collaboration with Leuven University)

Hydrodynamic interactions and encapsulation of colloidal nanoparticles by viral coat proteins
(Harting, van der Schoot)

Extended zipper model for functionalised magnetic particles in biosensors
(van Ijzendoorn, van der Schoot)

Twist and turn: torsional elastic properties of protein molecules
(Van IJzendoorn, van der Schoot) In a collaboration between the group Molecular Biosensors for Medical Diagnostics (MBx) and TPS, you will develop a statistical mechanical model to predict what happens when you twist proteins.

Statistical thermodynamics of the folding of single-chain polymer nanoparticles
(Voets, van der Schoot) What is the relation between chemical structure and physical conformation (fold) of a synthetic, protein-like molecule? An exciting theoretical MSc project at the interface between chemistry and physics.

Dynamical properties of semi-flexible rod-like particles in a liquid-crystalline phase (Naderi, van der Schoot). How do rodlike molecules move around in ordered environments?

Accelerating the binding of microparticle-labeled biomarker proteins to a reactive surface for magnetic particle-based biosensors
(Van der Schoot, De Jong). Can we predict with simulations how to optimise the binding of biomarkers to biosensors? In collaboration with experimentalists from the MBx group.

Collective dynamics in deformed polymer Glasses (Lyulin group and Huetter group). How do the size and number of cooperatively moving regions depend on time and applied load, and which sections of polymer chains primarily participate in the cooperative motions that help glasses relax?

Modeling Cellular Strain Fields in the ECM (Novikova, Cioroianu, Storm). What happens when living cells are placed in nonlinear mechanical environments?

Adhesion and friction of polymers (Lyulin) Molecular-dynamics computer simulations of thin polymer layers made of different polymers, including (semi)crystalline materials, glasses and rubbers, in order to understand the mechanisms of the solid friction and the stick-slip motion. For details, contact Alexey Lyulin.

Simulation of protein adsorbtion (Lyulin) Molecular-dynamics simulations of non-specific adsorption of the specific proteins at different polymer surfaces. For details, contact Alexey Lyulin.

Dendritic complexes as controlled-release agents (Lyulin) Brownian dynamics simulational studies of the response of the hyperbranched polymers to shear, and upon charging. For details, contact Alexey Lyulin.

Visco-elasticity of elastomer-based nanocomposites (Lyulin) This project is to determine the composite structure across many length scales using multi-scale simulations. For details, contact Alexey Lyulin.

Glass transition in thin polymer films (Lyulin) By molecular dynamics computer simulation we will provide insights into confinement effects (as in nanofilms) on polymer structure (ordering, glass transition temperature) and segmental dynamics. For details, contact Alexey Lyulin.

Note: Most of these are written as Masters projects, but the topics are all suited to shorter projects for a Bachelor project.

External Traineeships:

Interests in our group are broad, and each subtheme is well connected to national and international, academic and industrial partners. Drop by some time, and we'll tell you about the possibilities for external traineeships we can offer!